The Scientific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks is an unprecedented and continuous record of fifty years of intellectual and technological activity. It provides a unique insight into the development of science and discovery from the Eighteenth to the early Nineteenth Century. It links British science and society to developments on the continent of Europe, the West Indies, North America and to countries farther afield. The current edition is almost entirely comprised of previously unpublished letters to and from Sir Joseph Banks, gathered together from over 150 repositories world-wide. The letters are invaluable to scholars and students of the history of science and natural history, eighteenth-century culture and society, as well as empire studies. They will also be welcomed by museums and institutions around the world associated with Banks' life and work. It includes: around 2,300 letters, largely unpublished, from international archives including: The Natural History Museum, London; The British Library, London; The Sutro Library, California; The Mitchell Library, Sydney; The National Library of Australia, Canberra; Yale University Libraries, Connecticut; Lincolnshire County Archives, Lincoln; Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone; Archive, and Royal Botanic Gardens. Editorial apparatus includes full and detailed annotation, a general introduction and a consolidated index. A calendar of correspondents is also given, along with brief biographical details of each.
Volumes 1 and 2 The Early Period, 1765-1784 Volumes 3 and 4 The Middle Period, 1785-1800 Volumes 5 and 6 The Late Period, 1801-1820 Selection of British Correspondents Alexander Aubert; Thomas Beddoes; Sir Charles Blagden; Henry Cavendish; William Curtis; Erasmus Darwin; Humphry Davy; James Dickson; Jonas Dryander; John Ellis; Thomas Falconer; Charles Greville; John Farey; Sir William Hamilton; Charles Hatchett; Sir William Herschel; Everard Home; Sir William Hooker; Professor John Hope; John Hunter; Sir William Jones; John Lloyd; Alexander Macleay; Dr. Caleb Hillier Parry; Dr. George Pearson; Thomas Pennant; William Perrin; Dr. Joseph Priestley; Dr. Richard Pulteney; General William Roy; Dr. John Sibthorp; Sir James E. Smith; William Smith; Dr. Daniel Solander; Sir Benjamin Thompson (Count Rumford); Mark Tustall; Charles Waterton; James Watt; Josiah Wedgwood; The Reverend Gilbert White; Dr. William Withering; Dr. William Wright; Dr. Thomas Young. Selection of Foreign Correspondents Michel Adanson; Adam Afzelius; Johann Alstroemer; Dominique Arago; Claude Berthollet; Jean Biot; Marcus Bloch; Johann Friedrich Blumenbach; Pieter Boddaert; Aime Jaques Alexandre Goujaud Bonpland; Pierre Broussonet; Thomas Bugge; Nicolaus Burman; Georges Louis Leclerc Buffon; Pieter Camper; Antonio Cavanilles; Lorenz Crell; Jean Delambre; Jan Deutz; Giovanni Fabbroni; Johann Fabricius; Barthelemy Faujas de St. Fond; Johann Georg Adam Forster; Johann Reinhold Forster; Benjamin Franklin; Joseph Gaertner; Paul Giseke; Friedrich Humbolt; Freiherr Joseph Jacquin; Antoine Laurent de Jussieu; Antoine Lavoisier; Charles L'Heritier de Brutelle; Carl von Linne, pere et fils; Joao Magalhaens (Magellan); Martijn van Marum; Simon Peter Pallas; Abbe Pourret; Julius Rohr; David van Royen; Franz Schwediaur; Olof Swartz; Jaques Tenon; Andre Thouin; Carl Thunberg; Hermann Treschow; Domingos Vandelli; Erik Viborg; Felix Vicq D'Azyr; Alessandro Volta; Carl Willdenow; Franz Xaver Zach. Some Concentrations of Banks Correspondence and Papers: The Natural History Museum, London The British Library, London The Sutro Library, California The Mitchell Library, Sydney The National Library of Australia, Canberra Yale University Libraries, Connecticut Lincolnshire County Archives, Lincoln Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone Archives, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Editor Neil Chambers is Research Curator of the Banks Archive Project at the Natural History Museum, London
'This magnificent collection of more than 2,200 letters will restore Banks to his rightful position as one of the most influential men of the Enlightenment.'- Andrea Wulf, The Guardian'An indispensable resource'- Lynn Glyn, Rare Book Review'The edition as a whole is a wonderful resource that will be mined for years to come by both historians of science and historians of British culture.'-R.W.Home, Historical Records of Australian Science